Losing Weight and Getting Stronger
Question: I'm a novice lifter coming off starting strength soon, and I want to move into a 5/3/1 program (I've already purchased the e-book).
Unfortunately, I've put on quite a bit of noticeable fat during my SS time. My question is this: is it possible to eat at a caloric deficit on deload weeks or will this ruin supercompensation? Is there a better strategy as far as moving up in strength on 5/3/1 while losing some fat? Is a maintenance diet plus conditioning enough?
Basically, I don't want to lose my strength gains, but I'd like to lower my bf%. Thanks in advance for any help you provide.
Answer: I’m glad you asked this question because I can now direct similar questions to this answer. And never have to answer it again. I don’t believe in training to lose body fat or whatever. I only believe in training to be awesome. And that simply means doing the following:
I believe that if you do these three things everyday (or 4 days/week or whatever your schedule is) then you will always, 100% reach your goals. I believe that everyone needs to prepare to work through the process of training, not think about fruity goals such as body fat %. Do the above for the rest of your training life and you will be pleasantly surprised.
If you are concerned with how you look and all that stuff, please look to someone else for guidance. I don’t understand it or know how to train for it. And I never want to. I believe that training is for GO, not for show. I have a family to protect – I will train accordingly.
- When I stretch, I am focused on stretching hard.
- When I lift, I focus on breaking personal records.
- And when I condition, I think of Dan Gable.
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